Voice of The Simpsons' Mrs. Krabappel Dead at 70

Character will be 'retired' with death of actress Marcia Wallace

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 26, 2013 2:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – Actress Marcia Wallace, best known as the voice of Springfield Elementary teacher Mrs. Krabappel on The Simpsons and wisecracking secretary Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show, has died, Entertainment Weekly reports. She was 70 years old. "She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character," producer Al Jean said in a statement. Wallace, who had previously overcome breast cancer, won an Emmy for her work on the long-running cartoon in 1992, and was nominated for another in 1994 for a guest role on Murphy Brown, the Hollywood Reporter reports.

FILE - This Sept. 5, 2007 file photo shows Marcia Wallace during TV Land's 35th anniversary tribute to The Bob Newhart Show in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wallace, who played a receptionist on the show, and the voice of Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, died Saturday Oct. 26, 2013.
FILE - This Sept. 5, 2007 file photo shows Marcia Wallace during TV Land's 35th anniversary tribute to "The Bob Newhart Show" in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wallace, who played a receptionist on the show, and...   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
FILE - This 1972 file photo made available by CBS Television shows Marcia Wallace. Wallace, who played a receptionist on The Bob Newhart Show and the voice of Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons died Saturday Oct. 26, 2013.
FILE - This 1972 file photo made available by CBS Television shows Marcia Wallace. Wallace, who played a receptionist on "The Bob Newhart Show" and the voice of Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons" died Saturday...   (AP Photo/CBS)
Bill Daily, right, puts his hand on the shoulder of Jack Riley as Marcia Wallace looks on during a panel discussion for TV Land's 35th anniversary tribute to The Bob Newhart Show, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Bill Daily, right, puts his hand on the shoulder of Jack Riley as Marcia Wallace looks on during a panel discussion for TV Land's 35th anniversary tribute to "The Bob Newhart Show," Wednesday, Sept. 5,...   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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